Energy Efficiency Resources
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) stands behind energy efficiency as a vital business strategy for the lodging industry. Within the last 10 years, CH&LA has secured over $6.4 million in grants and funds for the lodging industry for utilization in energy efficiency & conservation efforts. These efforts have earned CH&LA Flex Your Power awards in 2002 and 2003 for its efforts to promote energy efficiency and educate association members about the benefits and savings associated with energy efficiency.
Did you know?
- The hospitality industry spends $3.7 billion a year on energy.
- Electricity use accounts for 60-70% of the utility costs of a typical hotel.
- Energy-efficient lighting can reduce electricity use up to 75%.
- Typical hotels use 218 gallons of water per day per occupied room.
- Water-efficient fixtures can reduce water and sewer bills by up to 30%.
Rebates, Incentives, & Services Locator
There's money out there for energy efficiency improvements - be sure you get your share. Utilities throughout California are offering rebates and other financial incentives to help you become more energy efficient.
Options for Saving Energy and Money
Benchmark Your Facility
Benchmarking is a way to find out how your facility's energy use compares to the energy use of other similar facilities. Use ENERGY STAR's benchmarking toolkit to begin.
Implement an Energy Management Plan
An energy management plan can help you identify options for cutting your bills, schedule and budget upgrades, and keep track of your energy use.
Upgrade Your Lighting Systems
Nowadays there's an energy-efficient light or fixture for almost every setting. Modern energy-saving motion sensors and LED (light emitting diode)-based exit signs are better than ever.
Learn How Others Have Done It
Case studies are a great way to learn about energy saving potential. These short business examples offer an insider's look at the practical steps necessary for planning and implementing an energy efficiency project.
AH&LA's Good Earthkeeping Program
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) partnered with ENERGY STAR to create the Good Earthkeeping Program, which offers energy efficiency tools and resources to participating hotels.
The California Green Lodging Program (CGLP)
The CGLP is a state-sponsored program that directs government employees to participating green hotels. Click here for a complete list of hotels that participate in the program.